Beyond Conflict is an international conflict resolution organization that builds on nearly 25 years of engagement with global leaders and diverse communities to promote peace and reconciliation by connecting, inspiring, and empowering diverse communities to address the persistent societal challenges of conflict, repression, and difference. Learn more
Our current initiatives include:
Beyond Conflict’s Global Response programming helps build leadership capacity to prepare for a range of issues relating to negotiations, reconciliation and difficult change during times of transition.
- Cuba: Since 2011, Beyond Conflict has been working on parallel tracks to promote trust and reconciliation between Cuba, Cuban-Americans, and the United States. Beyond Conflict engaged, and continues to work with, a number of key actions to support this process, including the Cuban-American community, members of the U.S. Congress, the State Department, the National Security Council, the White House, and the diplomatic corps. There is great urgency to capture this moment during the remaining days of current Obama administration to set the course for the years and decades to come.
- Boston: The City of Boston is at a pivotal moment to serve as a national model in developing new approaches to address the very difficult issues of race, bias and divided communities. Beyond Conflict is working together with a coalition of partners from the City of Boston, the Boston Police Department, Suffolk University, the Museum of Fine Arts, MIT and Brandeis University to develop new approaches to community resiliency building that will be models for addressing these issues nationwide.
Research & Innovation
Beyond Conflict’s innovation programming draws on our decades of global experience to create new frameworks for addressing conflict by applying innovations in science, culture, and media.
- Neuroscience & Social Conflict: Since 2009, Beyond Conflict has cultivated the nascent field of the neuroscience of social conflict by disseminating new insights from neuroscience to key audiences and partnering in efforts to directly translate and apply the findings of neuroscience research to help end existing conflicts.
- Beyond Conflict Innovation Fellows: Innovation Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research across disciplines and integrating the findings from behavioral science that illuminates and informs the drivers of human behavior in social conflict, repression and difference. They are awarded to scholars who demonstrate exceptional promise, and who are interested in exploring bold, innovative questions to further the emerging field of the Neuroscience of Social Conflict.
Roma – Applying Behavioral Science to Understand Discrimination: Despite the tens of billions of euros devoted over the past decade to address anti-Roma discrimination, Roma advocates admit that Roma integration has largely failed and discrimination against them remains widespread. To address this challenge, Beyond Conflict, in partnership with MIT’s SaxeLab, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Open Society Foundation, has been leading a groundbreaking initiative in Hungary that employs cutting-edge scientific research to improve the design and implementation of interventions to address the pernicious and enduring discrimination against the Roma, Europe’s largest minority.
Education & Outreach
Beyond Conflict’s current educational programming aims to connect university students with the core themes of our work.
- The Past Is Never Dead: Confronting History in Divided Societies: Through a series of class sessions with scholars, practitioners and senior policy makers who have had direct involvement with efforts to address and overcome past wrongs, The Past is Never Dead, examines the ways countries have confronted legacies of abuse and mass killing. This seminar is a unique collaboration between the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University’s College of Arts & Sciences and Beyond Conflict which combines theory and policy with personal experience and interdisciplinary insights from the social and cognitive sciences to question whether there are better ways to confront the past in divided societies.